Length: 5 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours (two with a toddler!)
This is an easy five mile circular route. It is not suitable for pushchairs and may get very muddy in the winter.
This flat route is perfect for a family stroll. Passing through green countryside it features river views, a beautiful church and even the remains of an ancient castle to keep the whole family entertained. There’s also a couple of pubs along the route if you need a little refreshment.
As a family of keen walkers and photographers, it can be a little tricky to plan outings that keep everyone happy these days. Me and Luke enjoy beautiful scenery, quirky buildings and places with a story, but having a two year old tagging along brings it own challenges. We can’t quite manage the mileage (or the hills!) we used to do pre-parenthood, but that doesn’t mean we settle for boring walks! This easy route is a great example, it starts in the pretty village of Elton, between Peterborough and Oundle, continues to Fotheringhay, and back across the fields to the starting point.
We parked up in Chapel Lane, Elton and followed it away from the village. As you reach the end of the tarmacced lane, it becomes a bridleway. We followed this across the parkland of Elton Hall for about a kilometre. The path is clearly marked and there are lovely views across to the stately hall.
The bridleway then bears slightly left and follows a line of trees on the right, and a fence on the left. (Next comes the least photogenic part of the walk-but it’s only a short section). The path then turns right and runs alongside the busy A605 for about 500m (the road should be on your left).
At the end of the track head right following the Nene Way. This is a footpath I know well as it runs through my home county of